1. Armistice Day: November 11 marks the anniversary of the end of World War I. Originally known as Armistice Day, it was designated as a national holiday in 1938 to honor veterans of the Great War. In 1954, it was renamed Veterans Day to include all American veterans.
2. The Great Flood of 1996: On November 11, 1996, the Pacific Northwest was hit by a massive flood that caused extensive damage across the region. More than 20 inches of rain fell in some areas, causing rivers to overflow their banks and leading to landslides and severe flooding that left thousands of people homeless.
3. Oregon Statehood: On November 11, 1859, Oregon became the 33rd state in the Union. It was admitted as a free state just prior to the American Civil War, and its economy was built around timber, farming, and fishing.
4. Oregon's first female governor: On November 11, 2015, Oregon Governor Kate Brown was sworn into office following the resignation of Governor John Kitzhaber. Brown became the first openly LGBT governor in the country, and Oregon's first female governor.
5. Election Day: November 11 is also known as Election Day in Oregon, as it is the day of the general election. In 2020, Oregonians will be voting for President of the United States, as well as a number of local and state offices and ballot measures. Oregon is one of only five states that conducts all of its elections by mail.
5 Fun Facts About November 11 In Oregon History
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